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Posted by madfloridian in General Discussion: Presidential (Through Nov 2009)
Thu Aug 23rd 2007, 04:09 PM
Florida has threatened to have the DNC investigated in a letter addressed to Governor Dean....if the party doesn't back down and let Florida have its way about the primary.

Bill Nelson and others use the words "appropriate legal officials", and indicate both state and national level.

Before I post more, let that sink in. It very well could be that Alberto Gonzales's department could at the request of the Florida Democrats...end up investigating the chairman of the DNC for obeying the party rules. And let this sink in....a major Democratic forum is pulling for Florida to win.

I think when I read this today, it was just about the tipping point for me. My husband agrees.

Talks with several offices of the names listed on the letter verified it for me....though the aides sounded pretty doggoned sheepish when I pinned then down about Gonzales.

Here is the letter.

Congressional delegation threatens Dean

The Honorable Howard Dean
Democratic National Committee
430 S. Capitol St. SE
Washington, DC 20003

Dear Chairman Dean:

It has been our understanding the Democratic National Committee intended to satisfactorily resolve any potential rules problems arising from the decision by several states to move up their 2008 primary dates.

Florida - as directed by the state Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Charlie Crist - advanced its primary to Jan 29. Our goal now is to protect the right of every citizen to vote and to have that vote count.

Yet it was reported just today the DNC still appears poised to assault this basic right. According to ABC News and other news publications, the DNC may sanction Florida if the state's Democratic Party doesn't make the new primary a nonbinding straw poll - or in effect, a "meaningless . . . beauty contest."

If true - and, if the DNC strips Florida of all or some of its delegates to the national convention - we would ask the appropriate legal officials to determine whether this could violate any state or federal laws governing and protecting individual voting rights.

Furthermore, we would recommend to the chairman and leadership of the Florida Democratic Party that they send the party's entire delegation to the national convention in Denver next year anyway.

It always has been a priority of our party to protect the right of every eligible American to vote. We would hope the DNC will continue to honor this right, when the Rules and Bylaws Committee meets Saturday in Washington.

As has been discussed privately on a couple of previous occasions, there is an easy compromise to resolve this situation: the states with administrative officers legally empowered to do so can move their primaries up seven days from when they were originally planned. This would keep the same sequence and timing for all the states in the presidential selection process.


Sen. Bill Nelson
Rep. Alcee L. Hastings, Democratic Chair, Florida Congressional Delegation
Rep. Kendrick Meek
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
Rep. Kathy Castor

Howard Dean was right once again. He said not long ago that the drama in Florida was not yet over.

This is a power play by the Florida Democrats against Howard Dean and the DNC. It seems most ironic that they would do this after expanding Bush's authority with wiretapping and speaking out this week that the surge is working.

Ah, our state Democrats sure have their priorities straight.

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